MILFORD — Law’s Colleen Bogucki remembered the last time her team played Foran. In that contest at Law earlier in the season, Foran came out flying from the start and rolled to an easy victory.
With a state tournament bid on the line on Foran’s Senior Night, Bogucki and her teammates were not to be denied.
Behind 28 digs from Brooke Bonetti and 20 assists from Bogucki, Law rallied to win in dramatic fashion, 25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 21-25 and 15-13, at Foran High Tuesday night.
“We wanted to get to the states,” Bogucki said. “Last year, we waited so long to get in. I have never been so excited. To win here and the way we did, there is nothing like it.”
Law showed plenty of fire from the start, putting a damper on Foran’s Senior Night early with a thorough win in the first game. That fire continued all the way through the fifth game, where the Eagles scored four of the last six points to pull out the victory.
“They are the comeback kids,” Law coach Stacy Loch said of her team. “They really are. They really wanted it. This feels amazing.”
After a kill by Foran’s Fallon Bevino evened the fifth game at 11, Christina Macaluso put Law ahead for good with a kill, then added an ace for a 13-11 lead.
A kill by Bevino and an ace by Dani Kemp got the Lions within 14-13, but Foran’s last chance to even the game ended when a laser by Bevino hit the net.
“It went back and forth the whole game,” Bevino said after finishing with 16 kills and 21 digs. “You can’t take anything away from them. They played hard and they earned it.”
Following a first game dominated by Law, Foran was in rally mode the rest of the night. The hard work of Law forced numerous Foran errors, never allowing the Lions to build a big lead.
“It is tough,” Foran coach Julie Johnson said after her team fell to 9-5. “It is Senior Night and there are a lot of emotions. We were able to come back in the second game and it was so emotional. We could never keep the lead. It was a great game. They played a really good game.”
Kills by Bogucki and Molly Vargo gave Law (8-7) a 14-5 lead in the first game before an ace by Jenna Bernard and a Foran error closed the opening game.
The second game was a thriller, with a pair of aces by Bryzy Gonski giving Foran a 14-9 lead. A kill by Janae Owen extended the lead to 17-11 and two kills by Kelly Hunt increased the lead to 21-17.
The Lions led early in the third game before Law rallied to even the game. An unbelievable diving play for a dig by Kemp led to a point and a 16-15 Foran lead. Despite Kemp’s effort and two kills by Lucy Weisauer to put Foran up 18-15, Law roared back.
A kill by Bernard had Law within 20-19 and a block by Bogucki brought Law to 22-21 Law took the lead on an ace by Macaluso and closed the game with a Foran error.
“This is very important for us,” Loch said. “We needed one game to go to states The girls wanted this more than anything They beat us in three games in our own gym and the girls wanted nothing more to get their revenge.”
Foran looked like it had control in the fourth game, jumping out to a 9-2 lead on a kill by Bevino, but the defense of Bonetti kept Law in the game.
Bonetti refused to let anything hit the floor and helped her team rally back to 19-18 on an ace by Macaluso and two Foran errors. Hunt sent the Lions to the fifth game with a kill for the final point.
Bernard finished with six kills and four digs for Law, while Bogucki added two kills and three blocks. Owen had 16 kills and Abi Amann added 10 kills for the Lions.